Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology
Program overview
3 semesters
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Start dates
January 2024

January 2025

January 2026

About this program

Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training

Firefighters are on the front line of emergency response and are an integral part of any community, contributing to public safety, fire awareness and education. Learn the skills and knowledge to prepare you for success in the fast-paced and rewarding field of firefighting with this program, which conforms to the requirements for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001.

Admission requirements

Required academic preparation

OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level with:

  • Grade 12 English (C or U) AND
  • Grade 11 Mathematics (C, M or U) level or equivalent AND
  • One of the following sciences: Grade 11 or 12 Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science or Physics (C, M or U) level AND
  • One additional senior-level credit OR
  • Mature applicant

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

Additional requirements

  • Throughout the program, students will be required to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). To wear the SCBA properly, students must be able to achieve a proper seal with the face piece. This can only be accomplished if the student is clean shaven. Loyalist College follows the requirements in CSA Z94.4 Standard on the Selection, Use and Care of Respirators to ensure the health and safety of our students.
  • Prior to the end of the first semester, and in order to proceed to semester two, students must pass the York University Fitness Evaluation or its equivalent. A re-test is at the student's expense.
  • Minimum 20/30 uncorrected vision in both eyes with no significant colour deficiency is a normal fire department requirement but will not prevent admission into this program. Students not meeting this requirement are required to sign a letter of understanding stating they're aware of fire department requirements.
  • Valid Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)-C for Health Care Provider (HCP) certificates. Documentation must be submitted to the program coordinator upon admission into the program.

Is it for you?

A career in the field of firefighting is both challenging and rewarding. You may be well suited to a career as a firefighter if you:

  • Want a career where you can make a difference
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
  • Are able to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Thrive in difficult situations and are able to think on your feet

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Program content

First Year - Semester One

  • Emergency Medical Response (EMR)
  • Fitness & Resiliency for Firefighters 1
  • Fundamentals of Firefighting 1
  • Incident Response Systems & Communications
  • Professional Communications

First Year - Semester Two

  • Fire Operations
  • Fire Suppression
  • Firefighter Public Relations & Professional Development
  • Fitness & Resiliency for Firefighters 2
  • Fundamentals of Firefighting 2 - Tools & Equipment

Second Year - Semester Three

  • Fire Control & Operations
  • Firefighter Comprehensive Review
  • Fitness & Resiliency for Firefighters 3
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness & Management
  • Specialized Rescue & Operations

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Program delivery

Experiential Learning

This hands-on program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively as part of a fire service team and with other emergency responders to provide comprehensive service in emergency and non-emergency situations:

  • Practise and test your skills in simulated and controlled live fire training situations.
  • Learn about fire suppression, community education and fire prevention, firefighter emergency patient care, property conservation, environmental protection, confined space and environmental hazards, and rescue operations.
  • Acquire the appropriate fire service terminology required to effectively communicate in a range of situations, and develop skills to communicate professionally with diverse communities and their members.
  • Explore operating procedures, and acquire the skills to confidently use fire department communications equipment, personal protective clothing and protective equipment.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to undertake the OFM provincial firefighters test and upon successful completion of this test can apply for standing under NFPA 1001 as Firefighter Level I and II from the Proboard.


  • Domestic Tuition: $3,700 per semester (three semesters)
  • Full-Time Ancillary Fees*: $1,462 in ancillary fees for year one and $2,175 in ancillary fees for year two (three semesters).


Credential:One-year Ontario College Certificate

Continuing studies

Upon successful completion of the certificate, learners can build on their knowledge and skills through transfer into other EMS, health-related professions such as paramedicine.

Career paths

Find your career

Prepare for a rewarding career working in such settings as municipal or regional firefighting, fire inspection, fire prevention and public safety, the Canadian military or the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Graduates will be qualified to work in a range of careers in the firefighting field, including as firefighters, medical attendants, fire rangers and fire alarm technicians.

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Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology

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Why study at Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology

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Small gives us the power to do big things. And things that make a big difference to our students, community, and partners. In an impersonal world of big lecture halls and stadium seating, we know our students by name and circumstance.

Small frees us to provide personal one-on-one attention, in small classes and learning environments. Small means our students feel like they matter. That they belong. That they are no longer invisible in a world which had passed them by. Small means that we can move mountains to help every student succeed, confident in who they are and what they are capable of becoming.

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Contact info

Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology

376 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Box 4200
K8N 5B9 Belleville Ontario

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